John Hull

Male 1826 - 1905  (79 years)


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  • Name John Hull 
    Born 11 Apr 1826  Dowlish Wake, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ian Jolly gives John Hull's birth as 11 Apr 1826 at 8.40 am
    Christened 25 May 1826  St. Andrews Church, Dowlish Wake, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Farmer 
    Died 15 Aug 1905  Park Farm, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 17 Aug 1905  Waiuku Cemetery, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • JOHN HULL (1826-1905)
      John Hull was born in the village of Dowlish Wake, most likely at his Grandmother Eunice Hull's house, and was baptized there in St. Andrews's Church. He was the eldest son of Abraham Hull and his wife Amelia (nee Symonds). The village had strong family ties as both the Hull and Symonds families had been associated with Dowlish for several generations. John's father Abraham as well as being described as a Gentleman was a Sailcloth
      Manufacturer and from the early 1830's had a mill in Mosterton, Dorset. It was in this village that John spent much of his early years. It would have been a fairly comfortable time as Abraham was quite well off.
      The first recorded event in John's life occurred at the age of seven when on 23rd November 1833 he and his brother Joseph assisted with the planting of three yew trees in Mosterton Chapel Yard. Their parents enjoined them that on their journey through life they should, in their serious moments, think of the three yew trees.
      There are a few missing gaps in John's school years but it is known that he attended Crewkerne Grammar School from 23rd June1835 until midsummer 1836.
      Prior to that he was attending a school in Crewkerne run by a Mr. Norman (Headmaster). From there he wrote a letter dated 15th June 1833 to his parents advising them when midsummer vacation would be.
      In 1838 John's Father died leaving a widow, three sons and two daughters. Where the family lived after that date is unclear as while they continued to own Mosterton property, according to the 1838-1840 Mosterton Tithe Map Amelia Hull did not actually live there.
      What John did after leaving Crewkerne Grammar is unknown. However on 10th April 1843 apprenticeship indentures were executed at Bristol with Mr. Dayrell, the premium paid being 130 pounds. H.Dayrell was a Chemist and Druggist of 3 Regent place, Clifton.
      When John's Grandmother died in 1845 he received a legacy of 50 pounds plus an
      additional 140 pound 13 shillings and 6pence, being his share of the residue from her estate.
      By 1847 he was living at 22 Conduit St., London where he was presumably attending Pharmaceutical College run by John Bullock. Among John's classmates at the college were Fred Perrin later to go into partnership with a Mr. Lea from Worcester making sauce (Lea & Perrin's Worcestershire sauce), Stephen Darby with whom he was corresponding in the 1890's and Richard Jenner who invented a new type of dye. From 1848 to 1850 he attended Gottingen University in Germany graduating from there on 12th August 1850 as a Doctor of Philosophy and the Liberal Arts. From a testimonial written by his Professor at the time of graduation it appears that John specialised in chemistry and
      natural sciences.
      Sometime after he came back to England from University John went on to 18 High St. Windsor where he was apprenticed to Thomas Wooldridge, Chemist, by Royal appointment to Queen Victoria. According to a testimonial dated 3rd June 1854 he was there for two years.
      When he left Windsor he must have already made up his mind to emigrate to New Zealand as he apprenticed himself to a carpenter and wheelwright at Wexham near Slough, Buckinghamshire, for 9 months. There he learnt rough carpentry; cart, barrow and ladder making; and fence making. He took an empty cottage in Wexham paying 2/- in rent a week, made his own furniture, did his own housekeeping including cooking and making bread. All things that he had hitherto been unaccustomed to doing.
      It was probably about this time that John tested his belief in wheat alone as a food by living only on wheat boiled in water. To this he would sometimes add in a little milk or sugar for a change. According to his own accounts he found himself to be quite as fit for mental or bodily work as if he had been on a meat diet.
      The stage was now set for John's journey to New Zealand. According to family traditions his reasons for leaving England stemmed from his mother forbidding him to marry his cousin (probably Mathilda Symonds) his failure to get the Chair of Chemistry at London University. Whatever the reason, he left England feeling somewhat disenchanted with the place and wanting to get as far away from it as possible. This he did by embarking on the 426 ton
      full-rigged ship "Gipsey" which was scheduled to sail from Gravesend on 24th



      Translation of a letter to John Hull after his time in Germany. The letter was written in German.


      My Dear Hull,
      How often I have looked back with longing on the pleasant hours we have spent together! Yet for two years I have hardly had any news of you. When I parted with you in Gottingen with every good wish for your future I did not foresee that I wouldn't hear from you for such a long time.
      Now, through our dear friend, Kaufitz (writing here not too clear) who has visited you in London I've had news of you at last. I was astounded to hear that your plans had not matured as you intended and if I had known your address earlier I would have traveled to London to seek you out.

      However I take up my pen to let you know how I sympathize with you and to reassure you of my lasting friendship.
      From the Easter to the Autumn of 1850 I was in Gottengen. When I went for a holiday into the mountains I had the misfortune to fall into a crevasse. Fortunately I soon recovered. Then I went on to Vienna. The winter of1850 - 51 I spent in Berlin. Kanfitz came there too and we had some jolly times together. Then I went back home with the intention of going to America.
      And so, after much discussion with my friends, I shall, God willing, go to California or some other part of America this summer. I've got to go to the University there first and take a course in medicine otherwise I can not practice in that country.
      I've been wondering since things haven't turned out as you wished, if you would care to make this journey with me. You would need 100 Thaler for traveling expenses. Should this not appeal to you could you get an inexpensive room for me and I'll come for a week and visit you in London. In any case, dear old chap, do write me a letter, and a long and newsy one, please as I would like to know what you're doing for I have your whole interest at heart. Write in English, but very plainly, then I'll be able to make you out all right. Kanfitz is now in Heidelberg, Laud has gone back to America and the Dietzlers are in Gottingen. The elder brother is now a doctor and is courting Miss O.Siebald!
      I am enjoying being with my Mother in Gottingen since my return from Berlin. Have you heard anything of Bowyer? Is he still in Manchester? Should you run into him please give him my very best wishes.
      Now, good-bye, my dear Hull and with warmest greetings

      I remain

      Your old friend,

      Theodore Hansmann.

      P.S. Have you had any news of your lady friend in Gottingen?

      My address is
      Th Hansmann Esq M.D.
      Atens,
      Aldenburg in Germany

      Translation by Mrs. Watt, wife of the minister at St. Enochs Church Tauranga South.


      Alex Gregor

    • John HULL, who was born 1826, probably in Dorset, England, and died 1905, aged 79, in Waiuku, New Zealand. John was a qualified chemist, trained in ermany. He arrived in Auckland in 1854. In 1855, he moved to Waiuku, where he purchased Park Farm, where he resided till his death. On May 3rd., 1858, in the chapel at Waiuku, John married Isabella Adelaide CANN, who was born in Battersea, London, on April 14th., 1832. They lived in Waiuku, New Zealand, where John was a farmer. For some years he was Chairman of the Waiuku Road Board. He was one of the first Justices of the Peace appointed in Waiuku. John died on August 15th., 1905 and was buried with m.i. in Waiuku. Isabella died on March 24th., 1915 and was buried with m.i., with John. John and Isabella had a large family in Waiuku, N.Z.
    Person ID I3220  Frost Family
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2016 

    Father Abraham Hull,   c. 25 Dec 1790, Chillington, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1838, Mosterton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Mother Amelia Symonds,   b. 20 Nov 1791,   d. 14 Oct 1859, Vearse Farm, Symondsbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 16 Apr 1822  Pilsdon, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1064  Group Sheet

    Family Isabella Adelaide Cann,   b. 14 Apr 1832, Battersea, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1915, "The Grove" King St, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 03 May 1858  Schoolroom/Chapel, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Mary Amelia Hull,   b. 8 Feb 1859, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1950, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. Eunice Adelaide Hull,   b. 8 Feb 1861, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1934, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +3. Abraham Hull,   b. 14 Dec 1862, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1931, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     4. Jane Roper Hull,   b. 27 Oct 1864, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1922, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +5. George Gange Hull,   b. 18 Jun 1867, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1946, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +6. Robert Hull,   b. 14 Aug 1869, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1952, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     7. Elizabeth Hull,   b. 10 Nov 1870, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1871, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +8. Fredric Hull,   b. 24 Dec 1872, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1950, Otaua, Waikato, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +9. Arthur Lanfear Hull,   b. 17 Feb 1875, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1951, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +10. Isabella Jessica Hull,   b. 18 Dec 1876, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1968  (Age 91 years)
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2008 
    Family ID F1060  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Apr 1826 - Dowlish Wake, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 25 May 1826 - St. Andrews Church, Dowlish Wake, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Aug 1905 - Park Farm, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 17 Aug 1905 - Waiuku Cemetery, Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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    1. [S10] Marriage Register Index , 1858/0123 (Reliability: 3), 1858.